Howto: HUAWEI E220 USB modem on Ibex(ubuntu 8.10)

Few months back I discussed about how to configure the HUAWEI E220 USB modem on Hardy Heron, and to my surprise I found that many people found it very useful ( through there feedback and by analyzing the search quires they used to find my previous article (10 views per day on average) – thanks to WordPress stats 🙂 ). While analyzing these search queries I found that some of them are looking for getting the HUAWEI E220 USB modem configured to run with Interpid Ibex. With Interpid Ibex they have made our life easy by providing a new network applet (GUI) to get the thing done with minimal effort. It lets you create profiles for different kinds of network connections depending on your requirements (such as for Wired, Wireless, Mobile Broadband, VPN and DSL connections ). Ok let’s see how to get this done.

First of all you need to connect your HUAWEI E220 USB modem to your Ubuntu box through any of your USB interface having inserted the sim with 3G support.

Next you need to open up the Network Configuration applet, which you can find under System » Preferences » Network Configuration. Then you will see a window gets opens up.

Network Configuration Applet

Network Configuration Applet - Step 01

In the Network Configuration Applet select the Mobile Broadband tab, as you can see on the above case. In my case I have already created one profile and named it as “Dialog Batta”.

To create a new profile clock on Add, then you’ll see a new window get open. There you click Forward.

Step 2

Welcome - Step 02

Next you’ll get the window where you have to select your country and your service provider based on your package and click Forward. In my case it’ll be Country – Sri Lanka and Provider – Dialog GSM (Post Paid).

Country and Service Provider

Country and Service Provider - Step 03

Next you will see a summary of the profile you have just created. Under the Name you can give a name of your choice to identify the profile or leave it as it is, which you can change it later through the Network Configuration applet. Proceed by clicking on Apply.

Summary - Step 04

Summary - Step 04

You have successfully cerated the profile. Next on your top Panel of your desktop click on the Network configuration icon. On the dropdown menu select the profile Dialog GSM (Post Paid) under Mobile Broadband category you have just created, enjoy 🙂 🙂

To automatically activate the Mobile Broadband profile (in this case Dialog GSM (Post Paid)) once you connect the modem to the machine, once again open the Network Configuration applet and select the Mobile Broadband tab. There select the profile you wants and click Edit. On the coming window select the Connect automatically option and click OK.